By Ismail Auwal
Keke Napep drivers in Maiduguri have on Wednesday started a strike over allegations of harassment of their members by public officials.
The riders left many passengers stranded while children had to walk for long distances to schools.
One of the drivers along Baga Road, Usman Modu, said drivers pay N100 to the revenue officials as tax daily but “if payment is made after the stipulated time, an additional cost will apply as fine and if you cannot pay, they seize your key.
“They also harass us over dress code; if you wear a sleeveless top, for example, you will not be allowed to work that day.
“The tax collectors go the extra mile to ask for driver’s license, which is not part of their responsibilities.”
Efforts to get local government officials to respond to the allegations were not successful.
Meanwhile, a passenger, Amina Saleh, who has an eatery near Baga road market, said most of her customers “did not turn up for breakfast at 8 am due to the ongoing strike action by Keke taxi drivers.”
A female student at Ibrahim Taiwo Estate said she walked for a long distance to school.
This is coming few months after the tricycle riders in Kano State embarked on a three-day strike across the state.